PIITSBURG, Kan. — Three Midland University track athletes captured All-American honors recently at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.
Fremont High School graduate Nathan Houser led the Warriors in the meet at Pittsburg State University. He finished third in the weight throw with a toss of 66-9 1/4. That improved his school record in the event by more than two feet.
Another Great Plains Athletic Conference athlete, Alex Wellington of Hastings, was the runner-up at 67-2 1/4. Erik Escobedo of Bethel (Indiana) won the event with a mark of 71-3 1/2.
Wellington also captured top honors in the shot put with a toss of 60-3 1/4.
Reid Kirlin of the Warriors finished 10th in the weight throw with a mark of 59 -2 1/4.
Columbus native Seth Sabata of the Warriors fouled on all three of his attempts in the weight throw. He fouled on two of his three attempts in the shot put, but did record a mark of 51-1 1/2 to place 19th.
Sophomore Isaiah Brown finished sixth in the pole vault by tying his career best of 15-9. That mark ranks second all-time in Midland school history and earned him All-American honors.
Curtis Bell of Aquinas won the event by clearing 16-4 3/4. Justin McKenzie of Indiana Tech was the runner-up at 16-2 3/4.
The Warriors also got an All-American performance from Ty Hansen. The Fremont High School graduate placed eighth in the 1,000 meters in 2:33.82.
Hansen advanced to the finals with a preliminary time of 2:30.57. That shattered his personal best by more than two seconds and moves him to third on the school’s all-time charts.
Midland will open its outdoors season March 15 at the Oklahoma Baptist Early Outdoor Invitational in Shawnee.